Entering cosmopolis: Crossingover, hybridity, conciliation and the Intercultural City Ecosystem

Before I answer the question: “How is nature critical to a twenty-first century urban ethic?” I first need to ask the more fundamental question: “What is nature and how is it constructed by people in our increasingly different and diverse urban communities?” Cities of difference are places where we are “in the presence of otherness,” as Sennett puts it—namely, our increasingly different, diverse, and culturally heterogeneous urban areas Read the full article here 

By |2018-02-03T09:34:53-04:00January 22nd, 2014|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments

Interculturalism and culturally inclusive space I

Part 1 Challenges: Contact, conflict, separation, segregation. In my blog Cities of (in)Difference I discussed Bloomfield and Bianchini’s (2002, p. 6) intercultural dream where “different cultures intersect, ‘contaminate’ each other and hybridise.” Clearly parks, public spaces and streets have a role to play in this. Unfortunately however, culturally inclusive spaces, those designed intentionally around the recognition of difference, diversity, and cultural heterogeneity have neither been a major focus of study in the planning literature nor are [...]

By |2012-11-09T16:34:24-04:00November 9th, 2012|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments

Cities of (in)Difference?

Cities of difference (Fincher and Jacobs 1998) are places where we are “in the presence of otherness” (Sennett 1990 p123) — namely, our increasingly different, diverse, and culturally heterogeneous urban areas.  Yet as I travel around the world I see token, or very little recognition, understanding of, and engagement with this difference, diversity, and cultural heterogeneity in creative and productive ways. Moreover, I've seen no examples which could be said to be capable of fundamentally transforming civic institutions, [...]

By |2012-04-13T17:03:36-04:00April 13th, 2012|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments

The new leaders are waiting: Scaling up inclusion and diversity in environmental organizations.

A posting by Helen Whybrow in 'Saving Land' the Land Trust Alliance's newsletter entitled  '2042 Today: Cultivating Conservation Leaders of the Future' (Fall 2011) described a 2010 leadership retreat for diverse conservation leaders under 35 where "for most of them, this [was] the first time they [had] been in a group of conservationists where people of color [were] the majority." The event, developed as an ongoing collaboration between the Portland, OR based Center for Diversity and the Environment, and the Center for Whole Communities [...]

By |2018-01-30T17:53:24-04:00September 2nd, 2011|Just Sustainabilities|2 Comments